Faculty Accomplishments - Fall/Winter 2010

Students in the College study and create with some of the finest artist-teachers in the New York metropolitan area. Our faculty includes working composers, designers, fine artists, actors, musicians, directors, choreographers, conductors, broadcasters and communication specialists, including Fulbright, Guggenheim and Howard award winners.

Read about our faculty's recent achievements:


Department of Art and Design

CATHERINE BEBOUT (Printmaking) had a solo exhibition, “Mapping the Body,” at Dowling College, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Islip (Long Island), NY, and had work in “Gunjifa 2009,” a traveling print exhibition organized by Chhaap Press, Baroda, India, with venues in Sweden, Australia, England, India, and the U.S. Bebout also had work in the invitationals “Art as Action,” Printmaking Council of NJ, Branchburg, NJ, and “10 Years of the Ink Shop: Prints and Books,” Ink Shop Gallery, Ithaca, NY.

ISAAC CHUNG’s (Filmmaking) film Munyurangabo had theatrical premieres in Washington, DC, Santa Fe, Chicago, and in France. It also screened at Ebertfest 2010 (Roger Ebert Film Festival) and was released on DVD in the USA, Netherlands, and France. His film Lucky Life screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (Narrative Competition section).

DENIS FEIGLER (Industrial Design) was an invited judge at the Braun Prize Design Competition in Kornberg, Germany, one of the oldest and most prestigious design competitions. He also designed new display boards for the Kasser Theater, which were constructed by fellow Industrial Design colleague, Prof. WINFIELD PARSONS.

JANET FILOMENO (Foundations) was invited to be included in the upcoming edition of 100 Mid-Atlantic Artists (Schiffer Publishing, 2011).

Asst. Prof. ROBERTA FRIEDMAN (Filmmaking) produced Kandinsky: A Closer Look, which was commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum and ran in conjunction with the Kandinsky retrospective at the Guggenheim from November 2009-January 2010. She was associate producer on the film, A Kiss for Jed Wood, produced by the Irish Film Board and now completed, and received a $5000 grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures, a grant from Global Education to shoot a video piece in Graz, Austria, and a grant from the Essex County Arts Council for an installation show at the Montclair Art Museum.

NANCY GOLDRING(Drawing) had a solo exhibition, “The End of Print Culture,” at the European Institute, Columbia University in NYC and also co-curated the show. She lectured and conducted a workshop at Karl Franzen University, Graz, Austria, traveled to Budapest, and helped organize a Chinese exhibition and conference at Montclair State, all through the Global Education Center, and served as an evaluator for Kent State University.

SCOTT GORDLEY (Animation/Illustration) had solo exhibitions at Gallery 51 in Montclair, NJ, and at Hanafin Gallery in New London, CT.

KAREN GUANCIONE (Foundations) had a group show, “Piccole Belle Cose: Small Beautiful Things,” at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island, NY.

DOROTHY HEARD (Art Education) presented the paper, “The Aesthetic in Nurturing Pedagogy: Reflective Teaching as Care of Self and Caring for Others,” at the NNER 2009 Annual Conference in Bellevue, WA.

ANTHONY INCIONG (Graphic Design) presented the paper, “Gilt Letters: Design, Wonder, and Optimism,” at the 8th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

WOBBE KONING (Animation/Illustration) chaired the annual NYC Metropolitan Area College Computer Animation Festival – MetroCAF 2009 – organized by the New York City chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH.

JOHN LUTTROPP (Graphic Design) was a commissioned reviewer for the book Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Prentice Hall), and was elected by the Montclair State faculty as Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees.

WILLIAM MCCREATH (Ceramics) participated in a group show, “The Dinner Party,” at Fork, etc. in Philadelphia, PA.

WALTER SWALES (Sculpture) had a solo exhibition, “Wallworks,” at Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, as well as participated in a group show at the same venue.

ELIZABETH DEL ALAMO (Art History) published “Romanesque Art” in Oxford Bibliographies Online; translated into English and French in 2010. She also served on the Advisory Committee for Romanesque and the Past: Retrospection in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe, and on the Electronics Committee, International Center of Medieval Art, 2008-2011.

RICHARD VETERE (Filmmaking) was nominated for a council seat in the Writer’s Guild of America East. His stage play, Caravaggio, has been translated into Italian and will be performed on tour in Rome, Milan, and Naples in the summer of 2010. Professor Vetere produced and co-wrote a short film, You & Me, with director Eddie Sheih, which premiered at the Pan American Short Film Festival in NYC in May 2010. His play, Meatball Hero, was selected as one of the best ten-minute plays of the year and will be included in the anthology published by Smith & Kraus.

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Department of Broadcasting

PATRICIA PIROH, MA (Television Production) served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Making Waves for the AWRT magazine. A Ripple in the Water: Healing Through Art continued to air on PBS stations in the U.S. She is the coordinating producer for two tapings/four programs each of The Giblin Report, which is New Jersey State Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin’s half-hour television program. Ms. Piroh completed approximately 15 Carpe Diem programs that aired on Comcast and Cablevision.

Assoc. Prof DAVID SANDERS produced the National Music Council’s 28th annual American Eagle Awards honoring Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and The Hard Rock Café. The Awards highlighted how important it is for young people in America to learn about and understand the musical roots of our nation, and use this knowledge to understand and contextualize the music and social movements of today.

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Department of Communication Studies

Prof. HARRY HAINES attended the first state “summit” on health communication and the arts. He also served on the Scholarship Committee of New York Women in Communications, as well as served as a member of the Graduate Council, the Council’s Subcommittee on Policy, and the council’s committee on the assessment of Montclair State graduate programs.

Prof. CHRISTINE LEMESIANOU presented a total of five papers at meetings of the National Communication Association and the Eastern Communication Association, and published a book chapter co-written with Professor Todd Kelshaw.

Prof. TODD KELSHAW presented a total of three papers at meetings of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Eastern Communication Association. He also published three book chapters.

Prof. HUGH CURNUTT had a manuscript accepted by Communication Quarterly and was interviewed for important press articles in the New York Times Magazine and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Prof. YI LUO presented a paper at the International Public Relations Research Conference and applied for two research grants.

Prof. LARRY WEINER guided student teams in their very significant achievements with the Andy Kaufman Awards, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Curtain Call Awards, the Maureen Fund for Ovarian Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, and the New Works Initiative of the Theatre and Dance Department.

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John J. Cali School of Music

VALERIE BERNHARDT (Voice faculty) was the soprano soloist in Schubert’s·Mass No. 6 in E Flat with St. Cecilia Chorus; Verdi's Messa di Requiem with Greenwich Choral Society; and sang the title role of Aida with Coro Lirico.

NANCY BILLMAN (French horn faculty) played for the short-lived, but Tony-nominated, production and recording of Finian’s Rainbow on Broadway, performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Adams, Roger Norrington, and Christian Zacharias, and toured with Peter Gabriel.

HEATHER BUCHANAN (Director of Choral Studies) and University Singers recorded on ECM in November 2009 with Meredith Monk & Company Songs of Ascension due for release in early 2010-'11. The project was engineered by the legendary producer Manfred Eicher. Meredith Monk & Company rehearsed on campus with the choir as part of the preparations.

PATRICK BURNS (Theory faculty) completed his 24th year as founding director of the Bloomfield Youth Band. He premiered commissioned works with the Montclair State University Wind Symphony, the Ohio Northern University Symphonic Band and the Bel Air (MD) Community Band. He appeared as conductor with university, public school, and adult community bands in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and throughout New Jersey.

ROBERT BUTTS (Introduction to Music faculty) conducted the Brahms Second Symphony with the Berlin Sinfonietta in Berlin. He is active as an artistic director and conductor in New Jersey with Opera at Florham and the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. He filmed a segment for the independent film 100 Years Too Late, ECM Enterprises, as consulting musicologist. In April, he premiered his composition Five Movements for Mixed Consort at In Mid Air Productions performance: A Little Madness in the Spring and was named Music Director for In Mid Air Productions.

PAUL COHEN (Saxophone faculty) and the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet performed the premiere of Robert Sirota's Diners. Prof. Cohen also performed works by Steve Cohen and the original version of Copland's Quiet City.

Prof. LISA DELORENZO (Music Education) gave a presentation to harp students at Cicely Tyson High School (E. Orange), “Shostakovich: The Man and His Life,” to the New Jersey Music Educators Association in E. Brunswick, Masterclass for Music Teachers: “Teaching as an Artistic Process,” to the Montclair State Collegiate Chapter of the Music Educators National Conference, “Red Riding in the Hood,” in the Paramus School District, “A Practical Look At the Orff Approach,” and in April, sponsored an on-campus “Teachers Day” with visitors from Cicely Tyson and Newark Arts high schools.

Prof. LAURA DOLP (Music History) published an article, "Viennese 'Moderne' and its Spatial Planes, Sounded" in the spring issue of the Journal of 19th-Century Music. She gave several conference presentations on her work concerning the music of Arvo Pärt and the contemporary choreographer, Mark Morris, including two papers for the east and central chapters of the American Musicological Society.

PETER GILLIS (Voice faculty) adjudicated the Senior Voice Division of Canada's New Glasgow Music Festival in April.

Prof. KAREN GOODMAN (Music Therapy) and Diane Kaufman published "Cracking Up and Back Again: Transformation through Music and Poetry" in Li & Long, (Eds.) The Meaning Management Challenge : Making Sense of Health, Illness and Disease (Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press). She was a consultant at the Berklee College of Music, Music Therapy Program (Boston, MA – Spring 2010). She presented "Music Therapy in the Behavioral Health Care Setting with Children and Adolescents" at UMDNJ, Address to Medical Faculty.

Prof. TING HO (Theory/Composition) organized the "Composers In the House" series, which this year includes a concert featuring performances of works by two Cali School faculty composers (Joe Turrin and Ting Ho) and two graduate composition students (Martin Sedek and Chris Opperman).

LISA HOGAN (Introduction to Music and voice faculty) appeared in Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" May episode as a winning team member and jingle singer. In March, her work was featured in the IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) Ninth Festival of Women Composers.

SOYEON KIM (Vocal Coach and Staff Pianist) performed in February 2010 in the Princeton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series; in March in the Water for Haiti Benefit Concert, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. She was an Olympic Challenge Competition judge in May, and served as Manhattan Summer Voice Festival vocal coach and pianist coordinator in May.

Prof. JEFFREY KUNKEL (Jazz) was selected to direct the 2010 New Jersey All State Jazz Ensemble. The rehearsals and concerts will take place in November 2010 in Atlantic City and at NJPAC in Newark. In March 2010, he hosted vocalist Jean Rohe, flutist Mark Weinstein, and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato, along with Montclair State jazz bass instructor Bill Moring, in a program of Dr. Kunkel's original compositions, and classic Brazilian jazz. He directed the MSU Jazz Band I, featuring jazz trombone artist and composer Alan Ferber in a program of Ferber's original music, in performances on campus and at Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange.

DAVID LOPATO (Jazz and Music History faculty) released a solo piano CD of all original compositions entitled Many Moons on Global Coolant Records.

ANTHONY MAZZOCCHI (Trombone faculty) was a soloist with the MSU Wind Ensemble, performing Joseph Turrin's Fandango with Charles Bumcrot (trumpet faculty). He performed and offered a master class at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Mazzocchi spent three days in residence at Ridgewood High School, giving clinics and performing with the ensembles. The residency ended with a concert consisting of three trombone concerti with the Ridgewood High School bands.

Prof. LORI MCCANN (Voice) performed as soprano soloist for “Laudate Dominum,” from Mozart’s Vespre di Confessore with the University Singers in November and a Cinco de Mayo Concert sponsored by the North South Consonance Concert Series, Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Manhattan, N.Y., a recital of vocal music from Latin America and Spain. Prof. McCann and Heather J. Buchanan, (Director of Choral Activities) gave a presentation in November at the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) Conference at Yale University titled: “The Dynamic Relationship Between the University Choral Director & the Voice Faculty.” She also directed several National Association of Teachers of Singing's performances, auditions, and events, including “Psychological Issues in the Voice Studio,” with author and therapist Steven Levenkron, Dr. Stephen Oosting (Professor, Voice), and Dr. Rose Oosting (Columbia University, Teacher's College. March, 2010). She served as adjudicator for the New York Lyric Opera Competition. Dr. McCann was also artistic producer for the Sister Cities Concert: Montclair, N.J. and Graz, Austria 60th Anniversary gala performance at the Cali School’s Leshowitz Recital Hall.

LINDA MCKNIGHT (Double Bass faculty) appeared as guest double bass soloist with the Midland Park (N.J.) High School Band, conducted by Montclair State alumnus David Marks (BA Mus. Ed – '97), at the winter band concert.

DARREN O’NEILL (Music Literature and Guitar faculty) published a featured article in the latest edition of Soundboard magazine (Vol. XXXVI (36), No. 1 -2010): “Darren O'Neill: A Survey of Select Nineteenth-Century Chamber Works by Guitarists of the Period.” Soundboard is a magazine published quarterly by the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA). The GFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering interest and knowledge of the guitar - primarily the classical guitar and classical guitar music. The magazine features academic research, interviews, listings of upcoming master classes and conventions, and more.

Prof. MARISSA SILVERMAN (Music Education) published and lectured widely this past year. Her publications included "Sites of Social Justice: Community Music in New York City" (Research Studies in Music Education, 2009); "Rethinking Music ‘Appreciation’" (Visions of Research in Music Education. Volume 13, 2009). She was an invited guest lecturer several times at New York University, Department of Music and Performing Arts. Her topics included “Music Education Curriculum and the Aims of Education,” “Research in Music,” “Stravinsky, Taruskin and Aesthetics in Music Research,” and “The Values of Music and Music Education.” At the March 2010 College Music Society, Northeast Chapter Annual Conference (University of Vermont) she lectured on “Urban Music Education: Student Transformation Through Democratic Music Listening.” She also spoke at the 2010 New Jersey Music Educators Association State Conference, East Brunswick, N.J., on “Teaching Music Listening,” and at Temple University (PA) on "The Praxial Concept of Music Education."

Prof. RUTH RENDELMAN (Cali School Interim Director, Professor, Piano, Theory) performed the Stravinsky Piano Concerto with the MSU Wind Symphony under the direction of Thomas McCauley. She was appointed as Interim Director of the Cali School for 2010.

JESSICA VALIENTE presented a paper and performed with members of El Salon Nego/The Ebony Salon, a research and performance of music of the African Diaspora of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

TANYA WITEK (Flute faculty) was featured in March in renowned flutist Carol Wincenc's Ruby Anniversary concert celebration at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at the Juilliard School. They performed a work for two flutes and piano by Yuko Uebayashi. Steve Smith of the New York Times wrote: "The flutist Tanya Dusevic Witek elegantly shadowed and soared with Ms. Wincenc."

MEG ZERVOULIS (Piano faculty) was selected to be a part of the inaugural Musical Direction Intensive at Goodspeed Opera House (East Haddam, CT).

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Department of Theatre and Dance

While in Korea, Prof. SUSAN KERNER met Prof. Hyun Ok (Helena) Song of Sejong University in Seoul. Sejong University has a distinguished Department of Film and Theatre, and Prof. Song is one of its best-known faculty members. In addition to being an accomplished theatre critic, director, and playwright, she is the wife of Seoul’s popular Mayor Oh. Prof. Song is the first wife of a Seoul mayor to have her own career, and there is talk that Korea may have in its near future its first First Lady with a career in the arts! Prof. Song visited Montclair State University for the day on February 9 and met with Theatre and Dance Chair ERIC DIAMOND, CART Dean GEOFFREY NEWMAN, Global Education Center Director Marina Cunningham, and ACP producer JILL DOMBROWSKI. Prof. Song was impressed with Montclair State and hopes to spend part of her 2010-'11 sabbatical as a visiting scholar here.

DEBRA OTTE is on the National Executive Committee of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and will serve as one of three members of the Selection Team for the National Festival this spring. Her scholarship is centered on design for the stage with a focus on the support of new/developing scripts. She has recently designed and produced costumes for new works including "Burt Dow Deep Water Man" (Stonington Opera Association), "Rosa Loses Her Face" (Electric Theatre Company), "Against the Rising Sea" (Queen's Theatre in the Park), "The Space Inside" (touring one-woman show), "The Very Nearly Perfect Comedy of Romeo and Juliet" (Electric Theatre Company), and "Men of Mahjong" (Queen's Theatre in the Park). Her costume designs have also been seen in the recent productions of "The Old Settler" (Luna Stage), "Sweeney Todd" (Montclair State University), and "Side Show" (Montclair State University). Print publication includes co-authorship of "Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual" and conference papers centered on visual literacy and education.

JANE PETERSON "Plays in Performance." 30 dramaturgical essays that accompany the publication of the new Norton Anthology of Drama.

ERHARD ROM created scenic design for Virginia Opera, The Daughter of the Regiment; Wolf Trap Opera, Cosi fan Tutte; Virginia Opera, Don Giovanni; Vancouver Opera, Nixon in China (Canadian Premiere); Maryland Opera Studio, Shadowboxer (World Premiere); Cleveland Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor; Manhattan School of Music, The Marriage of Figaro.

DEBBIE SAIVETZ was a guest teacher in Oaxaca, Mexico.

LORI KATTERHENRY is the Artistic Director for all three dance department concerts and initiated dance programmatic activities for academic year 2010.

LINDA ROBERTS chaired the Design, Technology and Management Region II American College Theater Festival.

ERIC DIAMOND attended and served once again as adjudicator for the Bergen County Teen Arts Festival and the Morris County Music and Theatre Teen Arts Festival.

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